Q: WHY SHOULD I REGISTER A TRADEMARK OVER AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
A: Industrial designs provide for protection for a period of a maximum period of 15 years while trademarks provide for protection for a period of 10 years that can be renewed after the lapse of those 10 years over and over.
Q: HOW LONG DOES A TRADEMARK OFFER ITS PROPRIETOR PROTECTION?
A: A successfully registered trademark affords its proprietor rights for a period of 10 years, however the Act provides for the renewals every 10 years..
Q: AT WHAT STAGE ARE OBJECTIONS TO THE REGISTRATION OF A TRADEMARK MADE ?
A: After the publication of the trademark in the journal, when you are registering the trademark through the African Regional Intellectual Property Office (ARIPO).
Q: WHAT IS THE BANJUL PROTOCOL?
A: It is a guideline for the centralised registration of Marks in Africa.
Q: WHICH ARE THE PARTICIPATING STATES OF THE BANJUL PROTOCOL?
2. Kingdom of Eswatini
3. The Gambia
9. Sào Tomé and Príncipe
11. United Republic of Tanzania
Q: WHAT CAN I DO IF SOMEONE IS USING MY TRADEMARK?
A: Approach your Legal Practitioner who will advise on the best course of legal action depending on the infringement.
This is for general information purposes – seek the advice of a Lawyer.